A list of Fun things to do with the Raspberry Pi (tiny computer, not desert)

I recently acquired a Raspberry Pi 1B. Yes, a 1B. Even after seeing the speed of the 2, and looking at the Specs for the 3 and zero, I intentionally opted for an RPI 1. Why? Well, I don’t need all that extra CPU and RAM. I also find micr-SD’s a bit too small and snappable for something that I’d rather not break. Not to mention the challenge of making a highly effective machine with only 8GB!

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Anyway, here’s a list of things I intend to do with it:

  1. Turn it into a (low power) digital music player (so that I don’t have to turn on my phone or desktop to listen to things) – The obvious problem with this is that the raspberry pi doesn’t really come with any input devices, so I’m thinking of playing around with the UEFI interface (a bunch of pins that stick out of the motherboard), or finding a 5 button keyboard (that would look kind of funny, wouldn’t it?)
  2. Set up a didiwiki – This one is a given. I love didiwiki, especially for storing documentation on projects.
  3. Install learnwithtext – I really enjoy this program for language learning (seeing my word-count going higher and higher with loads of tables is extremely satisfying) more so than the commercial ones (not so much due to their content but their form) and would like to be able to access it remotely. Not to mention being able to fiddle with the code!
  4. Write a python chatbot with a webfront – As I said in my last post, I love AI, and despite how I think that hard-AI is a fantasy-like dream in disguise, it can still be a good laugh trying!
  5. Write an rss feed reader (in C) that downloads rss feeds and emails them to a kindle.

And of course, last but not least: Whatever strikes my fancy! Running one’s own constant server has so much potential for things that are just fun.


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